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On August 25, 2008, the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library (Zionsville) became the first library to migrate to Evergreen Indiana. By January 2009, an additional 17 libraries migrated to the enterprise-class Evergreen integrated library system (ILS). Today, Evergreen Indiana is a growing consortium of 90 public, school and institutional libraries located throughout Indiana. The Evergreen Indiana catalog now holds over 2.6 million unique bibliographic records and provides access to over 6.2 million items for the 821,000 Indiana residents served by Evergreen Indiana libraries.
What originally turned the Indiana State Library and Hussey-Mayfield on to Evergreen was its scalability. At the time, it was unknown whether one, 10, or 100 Indiana libraries would participate in the initiative. Over the past three years, Evergreen Indiana has grown into one of the largest Evergreen consortiums in the world and a leader in the global Evergreen community.
“From the beginning, the State Library had high expectations for Evergreen Indiana due to the software’s rapid development and flexibility,” said Roberta Brooker, Indiana State Librarian. “As Evergreen Indiana celebrates its third birthday and approaches 100 member libraries, we remain strongly committed to the further development and improvement of this low-cost ILS alternative for Indiana libraries.”
During its anniversary week, Evergreen Indiana also welcomed four new libraries. The Osgood Public Library, Greentown Public Library, Tell City-Perry County Public Library and Cannelton Public Library went live this week. The latter two libraries will merge beginning January 1, 2012 under the name Perry County Public Libraries.
The Evergreen Indiana Consortium continues to accept
applications from libraries seeking to migrate to Evergreen.
For more information about Evergreen Indiana, visit
Resources for Interested Libraries or contact Shauna
Borger, Evergreen Indiana Coordinator at 317-234-6536 or
The Indiana State House Tour Office and Indiana Center for the Book invites Hoosier fourth graders to enter the 2011 "What Indiana Means to Me" Essay Contest in conjunction with Indiana Statehood Day - a celebration of Indiana’s 195th birthday. Winners will be honored at the Statehood Day Celebration taking place on Friday, December 9, 2011, from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. EST, at the Indiana State House.
The contest is open to any Indiana public, private or home-schooled fourth-grade student. Essays must to range from 100 to 400 words and convey what living in the state of Indiana means to the student. Essays must be postmarked by October 28, 2011. For complete contest guidelines and entry rules visit www.in.gov/library/statehood.htm.
The Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is seeking photo submissions for the 2011 Indiana Archives Month poster. This year’s theme is Indiana and the Civil War. Any Indiana resident with an original photograph that has an Indiana connection and was taken during the Civil War era (1861-1865) is encouraged to submit a high-quality reproduction for consideration. The winning photo(s) will be featured in a poster to raise public awareness of the importance and historical significance of Indiana’s archival and historical repositories.
Photo submissions are due Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 and will be reviewed by the Indiana Archives Month Committee and Indiana SHRAB. For complete contest rules and more information about Indiana Archives Month, please visit shrab.IN.gov.
September is Library Card Sign-up Month
This September, baseball Hall of Famer and author Cal Ripken will encourage children to get the most important school supply of all: a library card. It's not too late to begin your local Library Card Sign-up Month promotions. Download customizable PSAs and promotional material online. Sample media tools are also available to remind the public of all the resources available for free with a library card. Tools include a sample press release, newsletter article, proclamation and PSA scripts.
Upcoming Events & Workshops
2011 CYPD Conference
Geek the Library Introductory Webinar
ECRR Workshop Series
Evergreen Introduction Cataloguing
SE Indiana YA Roundtable
2011 SAMS Pre-conference & Conference
ACPL Library Camp 2011
Evergreen Indiana Circulation Training
Indiana Vision Expo/Walk
ILF Legislative Forum
SW Indiana YA Roundtable
Indiana Genealogy & Local
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